It's hard to believe that Don Greif and I have been the Co-Editors-in-Chief of Contemporary Psychoanalysis for five years. In the beginning, that seemed like a very long time for both of us, yet here we are. Sadly for me, with this issue, our collaboration ends: Don has decided not to continue as co-editor, while I will go forward with a new co-editor, soon to be announced.
Next, Don writes about his experience, but since I am continuing with the journal, I exercise my prerogative to be “first” here.
Don and I presented ourselves as a “package” when the CP Search Committee was seeking a new editor-in-chief to replace Mark Blechner. Considering the work load and our own experience as Mark's Executive Editors, we reflected that the journal would be better served by two chief editors rather than one. I recall being grilled in my interview about how Don and I would negotiate the dual role, and the inevitable conflicts that might arise. If memory serves, I said hopefully that we'd talk and work things out together. I believe Don (his interview was separate from mine)—in his characteristic sardonic and charming way—stated there would be no problem. In differences of opinion, he said, he would be right!
A truly brilliant editor, a scholar, and lovely person to boot, Don was often right, but many times there was no “right” or “wrong.” In fact, I can happily report that we had few disagreements and that when they did arise, we were always able to find a way to come to a place that worked for us both. Together, we've had a great run.
I know that Contemporary will continue to flourish without Don as co-editor. But, frankly, I see his departure as a loss to both the journal and to me as his partner in this adventure. Don, you've taught me so much and it's been absolutely wonderful working with you. I believe you're planning to do more writing, more studying, perhaps even more golf! Lucky you, and lucky CP for these five years of collaboration. I will miss you, Contemporary and the staff will miss you, and we all wish you the very best.
Thank you, from the heart.
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